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and haiti's own wyclef jean and actress marie bello, next on "larry king live." hi, everybody, good evening, a aim soledad o'brien sitting in for larry tonight. as you just heard, we seeing where things stand six moments after the big quake in haiti. but first, breaking news about the situation in the gulf to get to bp has placed a new containment cap on the leaking oil well. it might completely contain the gushing oil. so let's go right to cnn's ed lavandera. he has the latest for us. hey, ed. >> reporter: hey, sole dad. might is still the operative word here but admiral thad allen saying things are significantly moving in the right direction. bp says they are pleased with the way things are moving and we know that that containment cap is now in place. there is still oil that is leaking from that cap. that's because there's a valve on top of it that they will begin to shut down.
testing begins on this containment cap tomorrow morning, on tuesday morning. it is expected to take anywhere between 6 and 48 hours. after that, we will really get a sense of whether or not this is going to be effective. so, very critical moments here and obviously given everything that we have been through over the last three months, many people hoping that this is perhaps the first sign of a major breakthrough in this oil disaster. soledad? >> everybody has their fingers crossed. ed lavandera for us. thanks for the update. let's get right to the earthquake aftermath. anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta are in port-au-prince tonight. they have seen a lot over the past six months and they join us for their perspectives. hi, guys, thanks for joining us. anderson, let's start with you. how does it look? >> look a lot like six months ago, to be honest, which is not to say hasn't been progress n fairness to the folks working here the last six months there has been no large, major outbreak of disease a major concern, which sanjay can speak to better than i can, no civil
unrest and obviously, many, many people's lives were saved and had their lives improved with the hundreds of millions of dollars had been donated by many americans and people around the world that is the progress but not really progress you see. and what you do see are just communities filled with rubble, which is pretty much what we saw six months ago. the tent cities, the one right behind us, right in front of the presidential palace, those are all still there, more than 1300, more than 1.6 million people still living in those tent cities and no clear plan to get them out at this point. because of the rubble, there's no clear master plan to use large-scale machines and there's no funding at this point to do that clear the neighborhoods of rubble, the first step of getting people back into their own neighborhoods. the idea of having people living outside the city that is an idea which hasn't really been funded and hasn't made much progress. the funding, as you know, soledad, $5.3 billion pledged by countries around the world. guess how much has been delivered? about 2 to 5% of that money has been delivered.
they only -- the president clinton and the commission that he is co-chairing with haiti's prime minister they don't have the money to distribute that they would like and that will will be his focus the next couple of weeks. >> back up a little bit, how can you say there is no funding for cleanup, step one, all that money raised, telethons are were done to raise a lot of money, everyone was watching it around the globe. where it's money? >> right. well, hundreds of millions have been spent on, you know, shoring up emergency needs of people, getting water to people, getting food to people, supporting people for the last six months. i mean, you have complete support of people in these camps, little businesses that popped up, but i mean, they are getting food, they are getting their water. you know, people are being fide clear rubble by hand, getting $5 a day, but without the heavy quip, it is just making a small dent. that is how a lot of the money has been spent. a lot of ngos have held onto their money, waiting for some sort of plan, some sort of reconstruction plan, which has
not yet really appeared. and so, a lot of ngos still have money they are holding onto so that once there is a master plan for how to remove the rubble, once there is a master plan, they will be able to start to move forward. the big money, the millions needed here, according to the the world bank, estimate 10 to 11 billion may be needed to rebuild that money is being pledged by governments around the world and that money has been very slow in coming. >> all right. so sanjay you on the medical front, is there a plan that seems to be in any kind of shape? >> well, you know, sort of building a little bit on what anderson was saying, when you talk about the money in medicine you sort of divide things into the acute phase, the immediate phase you can the intermediate phase and the long-term phase. we all saw, soledad, you as well when you were down here the acute phase, stopping the bleeding, trying to save people's lives, doing the million operations, that -- a loot of that was done, not fast enough as we talked about for so long. what i think is interesting, and
again what anderson said is that a lot of money is sort of being held onto for the longer term plan when it comes to the medical infrastructure as well. so, this idea their going to create critical care hospitals throughout the country and infrastructure that really hasn't existed in haiti probably ever, but the problem is that if you save so much money for the long term, for that rehabilitation phase, hospitals die in the interim. we see hospitals that are shutting down that have absolutely no resources and also patients die as well that probably didn't need to. so, it is a very tough situation. money is getting here, i think, but so much of it is being hung onto in hopes that there's going to be a long-term plan here. >> former president bill clinton, a special envoy to haiti is making his sixth trip to port-au-prince since the quake. i know, anderson, you interviewed him. he suggested energy spite of all you are saying this is actually time of opportunity, a time of challenge for haiti. take a look at what he said. >> because of the scale if we do
it right and they do it right, i think they will be much better off when the rebuilding is done, economically and socially than they are now i think they will have universal education for the first time, i think they will have a health care system for the first time. i think they will have a competitive economic investment climate for the first time with good infrastructure and airports won't have to cost an arm and a leg to use because they will have other wives raising revenue. so, and they will be able to get more and more investment. it might become the first energy-independent place in the entire caribbean, which will be pretty impressive. >> anderson, we only have a about a minute left. the former president with a kind of rosy perspective on this moment forward, rebuilding when the rebuilding happens, which is kind of a big question. is this realistic? >> certainly optimistic. and i think the president will be the first to say look, he is not satisfied with with what they have been able to accomplish over this time, just
a couple weeks ago, they finally seated this 26-member commission that he and the prime minister are chairing. there is an awful lot of work that needs ton done and nobody here, i haven't met anybody satisfied with the pace of things here on the ground, especially the haitian people themselves, long-suffering, who are stuck in these camps, some of them very well run. there is security issues in the camps, health issue, safety issues, people want their lives to begin and people's lives are on hold here right now. >> anderson cooper and sanjay gupta for us this evening. thanks for the update. we appreciate it. take a break, wyclef jean and maria bello join us next. [ female announcer ] fact. when pain keeps you up, nothing is proven to help you fall asleep faster than advil pm liqui-gels. rushing real liquid relief to ease you to sleep fast. for nighttime pain, make advil pm your #1 choice.
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maria bello is on the board of peace and justice, gone haiti half a dozen times since the earthquake struck, seen the devastation firsthand, looking both to the show. wyclef, let's begin with you first. i don't know if he can hear me. >> how are you? >> i'm great. tell me who your friends are that we can see with you. >> these are -- actually hundreds of them, we could only fit five, from one of the orphanages that yelle haiti support h is a special force in haiti. they are a great choir, you know, so we support the whole orphanage, from education, rebuilding of schools and of course, the music program, which we support a lot. so this is the new fugees. >> we like to hear that we just talked to anderson and sanjay and they listed a lot of the on stacks who some of the folks working and living in haiti are facing. what are some of the obstacles you're facing with yelle haiti?
>> the basic obstacle, there is not enough to go around. you can give tons of food every day water every day. the problem is so big that you have to just basically shrink it down. the way that you shrink it down for these kids, it would be the focus of education, one, and how do we come one some form of job creation, two. >> it's been interesting to hear about the pledging of money. i was so surprised to learn that only about 2% of the money pledged has actually made its way into haiti. are you seeing a similar thing with your foundation? do you find that people who pledge money to you actually aren't delivering on it? >> no, i think the difference with yelle haiti, we are a grass roots organization. as the money is coming in, we are spending it. so whether if it's water, if it's food, ors if the'sed me singer the difference with us, we are not that big of an organization yet so we are not
that organization that collects $250 million. but what we are able to do what we collect is still take care of thousands of people a day but that is still not enough when you are six months into a quake and barery rubble is lifted from the ground behind us. as you can see, millions of people are still in tents. >> yeah, that was a is big surprise, maria bello, to me, when i was in haiti about three weeks ago. none of the rubble has moved. i mean, not at all. >> no everyone on the ground says, one of my girlfriends is here from haiti tonight and today is a really emotional day for all of our haitian friends, that what the needs were six moments ago, the day after the earthquake, the week after when i was there are the same now. people still need water, food and shelter and rubble removal. and it's shocking to me, like you were talking about the 2% of money. you really see that the people are getting really frustrated. everyone is asking where is this aid? where is all this money that has been promised? >> in a way, you're sort of, you go in but you're out here.
what do people say on the outside who gave that aid? people ask me all the time, so you know, wraets money going? >> you know, i really agree with what wyclef said when he talks about yelle. the grass roots organizations, artist for peace and justice been there for 22 years, father rick, there are smaller organizations on the ground and they put the money exactly where it goes. where it should go and in a timely manner. and i think when you -- if you have given money to bigger organizations, it's our -- it's our duty to find out where that money went and where it's going in haiti and to pressure our government, to pressure clinton and the ngos that we have given money to spend it now. there is an immediate need right now. >> anderson described everybody sort of holding on, waiting for some kind of a plant wyclef, let me ask you a quick question before we run out of time here, people are concerned can the money is not going to the people they want to help. what do you tell them? i mean, those of us in the united states who wrote a check, promised money, they say if you are not seeing the help had, why
am i sending the money? >> i would say today, president clinton was in haiti. one of the things heard he stated in the soundbites is ngos have to start working more together and basically, i remember the prime minute stir saying there was 5.2 billion pledged through donors f we are going to see any kind of reaction in haiti we need to what we say in creole, start to unblock money and start to put the people to work. >> definitely feels like the unblocking of money has to be the first step. i was really surprised, maria there were not -- i thought i would see bulldozers on the street, at least a couple and there was none. >> so do i. you probably noticed as well, people talk about the resilience of the haitian people but that the communities have taken over the camps and they started jobs and communities and you see moving towards this new election in november that there's a real opportunity here after this horrible circumstance. >> what president clinton said. opportunity, opportunity is word. thanks very much, we will check back in with maria in a moment and hearing song that wyclef
jean wrote about his country later and also composed something very special for our blog as well, go to cnn.com/larry king to read it, maria is going to stick around with us. wyclef, we thank you very much. and we will have more on the orphans straight ahead. back in a moment. s. i freak out. i spill my large espresso. [ crash! ] the searing pain makes me slam on the brakes. uh oh. your fault. and your fifteen-minute insurance, may not cover my ninety thousand dollar car. so i sue you. cuz that's what i do. so get allstate. you could save money and be better protected from mayhem like me. [ dennis ] dollar for dollar nobody protects you from mayhem like allstate. hey! [ tires screech ] [ female announcer ] when business travel leaves you drained, re-charge with free high-speed internet and free hot breakfast. comfort suites. power up.
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>> cindy is private, not real trusting, very smart, very intelligent kid. she is also very silly, goofy and totally crazy sometimes. >> bill remembers when he began to break through. >> there was the day she grabs my hand and i just held onto her hand and i just closed my eyes and i just -- i couldn't -- i just didn't want to let go of her. i didn't want to let go. >> a big step for her? >> it was huge. it was huge for me. >> so what's the situation with so many of haiti's children? pastor pierre alexis is the director of the mason des enfants the house of the children and -- my cnn
documentary focused on the work. the haiti orphan stories touched me so much, part of my upcoming book, called "the next big story, my journey through the land of opportunities." let's begin with pierre. we visited your orphanage after earthquake. you had 120, 30 kids who, lots of them infants, living in a truck and you are trying to get them out of the country. were you able to get the bulk of those children adopted out? >> i had i think -- i can't remember 130 at the orphanage and we had 110 that flew to america, canada and argentina.
so most of them through home and they were evacuated by -- u.s. government which was amazing for us and we were so happy and this brought joy to the american family, the canadian family and argentina family. >> 110 out of 130 some odd kids were removed, left for other places, did you fill up the orphanage again, have you replaced everybody's spot, basically? what's happened since the earthquake? >> >> since the earthquake, we had somebody come and rebuild our walls and help by the missionary and do disaster he repairedness, very important for us, because we expect we can have another earthquake.
we were outside a long time and everybody was scared to back back inside. now, after the training, after the therapy we get back inside and everybody is fine right now. we have some progress that made and we are so thankful for all the people helping us to take care of these children. >> let's turn to suzette and bill, they were the focus of our documentary, "rescued." nice to see you guys again, only a couple weeks i was there we brought my daughter, sophia who is 9 years old. really wanted to teach her about the power of giving, of selflessness. have you guys seen an increase in volunteers? what are you seeing? >> yeah. i mean, we -- this is amazing. it has been just really response to prayer. just so many people have come that have had a heart to want to help the people of haiti, starting with the children.
that's who we interfaced with the most. and it has just been a blessing. every week, we are seeing new visitors that are coming and some are you know, building things. some are, you know, just loving on the kids and helping them get through this time. >> in the documentary, as you guys well know, we focused on two of your kids, cindy who is 6 years old, meckenson, 21 years old you do not adopt out the children in your orphanage. what do you realistically think, now six months past this earthquake. you have heard everybody talk about the ridiculously slow progress, what do you think is the options for cindy, who we are looking at here or meckenson what is their future going to be like? >> well, we have seen a real change in our kids. i know kids are out, the first time filming the documentary, a lot of the children just wanted to leave. they just felt that there was no hope in haiti. and one thing that's just happened, and really, i think within the last three months or
so, is there's been a -- just a change of heart in a lot of our children and you know, children of faith. they really feel that there's hope for haiti in the years to come and that actually, there's probably going to be more opportunity now than there's been in haiti in decades, with the rebuilding that's going on and so forth. our children all speak english, for example, so, they believe that a lot of the english-speaking nations that are coming to help that they might have opportunity to work with them and assist in a construction capacity, computers or some other area they might be able to help in the rebuild efforts. they are pretty enthusiastic. >> i'm going to bring pierre back in so i can ask the same question to all of you. bill, i'm not sure if suzette is having a hard time with her ear piece, maybe you can repeat this to her. why do you stay? why do you do this? this has got to be the hardest job on the planet right now. what motivates you? pierre?
>> personally, yes, yes. personally, i know that it's a hard job and very challenging, even financially and physically, but i think what -- is the life of the children. i think every child counts and i think they are also the future of the country and if we are neglecting them, i believe we are neglecting the future of the country. >> and suzette -- >> and so i think we need to -- we need to take care of them and i think they deserve that and suzette, what do you think? >> hi, it's good to hear your voice again. um, you know me, i'm hopeful. i believe these kids can accomplish much because they have great faith. and i've seen a turnaround, just
like bill said, as you know, right after the earthquake, many of them wanted to hit the high road and move to the states. and it's been six months. i was just saying to bill, even this morning, it's so surreal to even believe that it actually even happened it seems like yesterday and yet i can't believe it happened and it has already been six months but i feel like -- i just see a turnaround in the children's hearts. i feel hopeful. like bill was saying, it's like never before, i haven't seen so much support in this country. i know things are slow and they might remain slow for a while but i am hopeful. i see a lot a lot of people, a lot of concern for this nation like i've never seen before. so i continue to stay hopeful. >> it is nice to see all of you hopeful. i'm sure that has to be. suzette, bill and alexy, thank you for joining us. good luck to you. >> all right. >> our correspondents ivan watson and gary tuchman will be just ahead. they have been on the front
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welcome back to "larry king live," i'm soledad o'brien sitting in for larry tonight. we are talking about haiti six months after the earthquake. first want to get you an update on the breaking news about the oil spill in the gulf. here is ed lavandera with the latest that the new cap that bp just placed on the leaking well. how is it looking ed? >> reporter: it sets the stage for tomorrow for the integrity testing of the new containment cap that has been put into place tonight. the testing will begin tomorrow and a variety of things can happen.
a variety variety of things, you can imagine in these control rooms across bp company head quarters that there is a great sense of anticipation as to exactly they are going to learn tomorrow. three months of devastating news all across the gulf coast and it seems like we could be on the verge of a breakthrough here. tonight of optimism is significant coming from thad allen and bp officials tonight, saying this significant progress had been made so there's a great deal of hope that this -- >> i'm not a particularly cynical person but we have heard that a lot. today might be date, tomorrow might be the day. looks very hopeful. when will they know? at what point tomorrow can they say, guess what everybody it actually did work? >> this -- they say anywhere between 6 and 48 hours.
we will -- perhaps by this time tomorrow night, they might have an indication to what degree if it does do -- containment cap work. but there is no question, we have been down this road before. all of this is engineering that has been created and done on the fly. the hope is that it has been a roller coaster ride, you have seep the hope builds that one of these things might work, but i sense in this tone of optimism that we are hearing from officials tonight that perhaps they know something or they are anticipating something that might be some sort of significant breakthrough for them they haven't seen so far. >> everybody is hoping for that. ed lavandera, i appreciate the update. turn to ivan watson and gary tuchman, cnn correspondents, both reported extensively on haiti and the catastrophe. ivan, let's begin with you. i know you have been spending a lot of time with people in the camps. what are you seeing?
>> i think we are seeing the struggle to survive has just really begun. six months on, these people are living in difficult, atrocious conditions. some of the optimism and the excitement from the international attention has fade. people are asking questions, hey, six months now, i'm living under a tarp, it's raping, it's leaking there are bugs here, i have no assistance from the international community or the haitian government. i think people are very frustrated. some of them are quite angry at the situation now, soledad. >> gary, i know you had followed a number of kids out of the orphanages in haiti and to the united states. how are they doing? how are they adjusting to life in the u.s.? >> when we were here six months ago, soledad, two days afterwards, we were at an orphanage that partially collapsed. the children survived because they were in the part of the orphanage that did not collapse. we met several of the kids and poll them going to the united states with adopted parents,
parents who applied for adoption before the earthquake a couple days ago, we were in washington, d.c. visiting a little girl named jenna. she is 2 years old with her mother elizabeth, just having a great life together, a great mother, a great little girl. what's interesting and noteworthy and poignant is that they are having some discipline issues with the little girl right now, she gets very upset. she hits. she bites. she pinches. the terrible twos, but the thought with experts, so much trauma they have been through and perhaps what the little girl is going through now, very upsetting for the mother a great mother and she says we will make it work with. >> gosh, we certainly hope so ivan, i was in haiti about three weeks ago, i took my 9-year-old daughter. one thing that we both noticed was that the tents seem to feel more permanent, the tent cities seem to be sort of more organized. i heard people were moving out of their homes, even homes not damaged by the earthquakes and moving into the tent cities which seems to be everything sliding the wrong direction.
have you seen that same thing? >> that is one scenario that some aid workers have talked about, that there are some services in the tent cities and that may be drawing people out of communities that never had, for instance, daily access to clean water or basic medical care. but certainly, your observation is correct. if you look over our shoulder and i think gary would with agree, we were seeing shelters, tents made out of bed sheets and towels six months ago here. these structures, while very flimsy and certainly vulnerable if a hurricane hits haiti, as been known to happen in the past with deadly results, these are more permanent, seen people scavengering from the ruins all over this city and building slightly more sturdy shelters to live in and that's big concern, because these are some sprawling camps that seem to be getting more permanent and some of them are even set up on private land, on government-owned land and going to create complications down the road if and when it's time for people to move off that
land and out of these structures. >> that has to be a challenging dynamic. gary -- and we should also mention hurricane season beginning right about now, so when you talk to people who have adopted their children out of haiti are those adoptions complete? some case i have heard about paperwork is only half done, partially done. what are people telling you? >> for example, this woman, elizabeth, who has adopted jenna, not totally complete yet there is a few more things they have to do before she becomes an official u.s. citizen. very important, the process started way before the earthquake. an issue taking place right now there are a lot of children, at least 2,500 children registered here in haiti who are new orphans or who are separated from their parents, just company can't find their parents much the children weren't under a process of adoption from international residents. therefore, they are not going to the united states or canada or great britain. the people here, international aid groups, are trying to find their parents. if they can't find the parents
of these 2,500 kids, they will look for grandparents, aunts and uncles. if they don't find them, only then do they pursue international adoptions for those children. >> gary tuchman and ivan watson, gentlemen, thanks for the update. certainly appreciate that. ahead tonight, a survivor, she lost part of her leg in the she is going to join us up next. stay with us. when you want a bank that travels with you. with you when you're ready for the next move. [ male announcer ] now that wells fargo and wachovia have come together, what's in it for you? unprecedented strength, the stability of the leading community bank in the nation and with 12,000 atms and thousands of branches, we're with you in more ways and places than ever before. with you when you want the most from your bank. [ male announcer ] wells fargo. together we'll go far. withhey, it's great to see most you're back after that accident. well...i couldn't have gotten by without aflac! is that different from health insurance? well yeah... ...aflac pays you cash to help with the bills that health insurance doesn't cover.
to be amputated due to the injuries she suffered. maria bello stays with us with. and christa, back after her evacuation from port-au-prince to miami joins us now. here is little bit of that interview that was done right after the earthquake. >> larry: what part of the leg was removed? >> the -- my leg was caught between cement staircase and the cop crete roof that fell on top of it so the shin bone was clean broken through. so i think they said there is about six inches of bone left below my knee. >> larry: how are you dealing with it emotionally? >> i'm so thankful that i'm alive that one foot is a pretty small price to pay. i've got two arms that work and one good leg and that's lot more than a lot of people. >> christa, thanks for being with us. it was so interesting to watch you smile through that entire
interview with larry and to see you still smiling. how have the last six months been? >> say that again. >> how have the last six moments been for you? >> they've -- it's actually been a pretty easy and pretty quick recovery process for me physically. i'm walking, i'm driving, i'm running, i'm rock climbing, pretty now back to everything i want to be doing and i'm thankful for that. >> you have gotten a prosthetic leg is that right? >> yeah. yeah. >> and what have the doctors. >> i have actually been through three. >> oh, really? why three? >> yeah, because initially, there was a whole lot of swelling and then as the swelling went down, my -- the rest of my remaining leg shrunk and so the sockets got too big. so i had to get smaller and smaller ones as my calf muscles atrophy. >> wow. all right. >> and now i have a -- >> yeah? >> now i have a fancy carbon fiber, a leg that will last me a little while. yeah. >> so, what have the doctors told you about your broke
necessary cis? sounds like you are back to doing almost everything you have done before. >> yeah i told one person they could call me disabled or they could come one something i can't do. if you want to, you can do anything want to, even with only one foot. >> i bet that's the attitude that's getting you through. listen, i know that there were two guys really responsible for saving your life and they are in haiti. have you seen them? have you talked to them at all? >> i haven't been back to haiti so i haven't seen them but i have talked to them both on the phone. they -- we have made sure that their homes have been rebuilt and they are doing great. working really hard every day to make sure his community is rebuilt and the younger, he is an 18-year-old who tagged along behind us before the earthquake and wanted to learn english and now after -- now in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, he dug me out of a house, gave julian the shirt off his back, held me on the back of a motorcycle ride and sat with
me all night in the cold and the rain until we figured out what we were doing next. so really, he saved my life. and what we are trying to do for him is bring him to the u.s. for a college education. >> do you want to go back to haiti? is it just too painful to think about? >> i do i think -- sometimes -- sometimes in your life something happens and it ties to you a police forever and for me, this is the haiti earthquake. i -- i do plan on spending a lot of time and everything i know how to do to try to help this community, this community and this nation rebuild. >> do you worry that it's out of the focus of to the nation? >> yeah. i mean, disasters come. it's hard to -- when you're not there it's hard to understand the magnitude of destruction that went on in haiti. it's hard to understand why things are going to slow, but when the government loses 17% of their employees and the haitian equivalent of the white house, it's hard -- it's hard. it's complicated.
and it's a lot of work. so, i'm not surprise it had is going slow. and the only way we are going to move forward is step by step. all you have to do is keep going is stand up one more time than you fall down. >> told by a woman who would know. when you are about to take your trip back to haiti or when you are there we hope to talk to you again. thank you very much, we appreciate it. >> mm-hmm. coming up next, he was buried live in the rubble, but he lived to tell about his ordeal. another incredible survivor story is up next. stay with us. could switching to geico really save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance?
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anderson cooper is in port-au-prince. see what is on "ac 360" tonight. hey, anderson. we're live in port-au-prince haiti, there seems to be relief. bp hopes to close the vents, begin testing a new containment cap starting tomorrow morning. we'll have the details on that tonight. here in port-au-prince. a sobering reality. six months ago, people were spending a first terrified night
in darkness. six months ago tonight brought on by a 7.0 earthquake. billions of dollars were pledged so save haiti. tonight we're asking, where is the money that's been promised by countries around the world. has haiti been forgotten? we'll have my exclusive interview with bill clinton and sean penn who runs one of the largest refugee camps in this country. >> thanks. let's go right to miami. a u.n. security officer is with us, he was buried alive in the earthquake rubble for 40 years. his three-year-old twins are joining us. how are you doing emotionally, physically? are you okay? >> well, physically i'm okay. emotionally, it's been a tough ride for me. i was in haiti five and a half years. a lot of time away from my family.
it was almost made permanent. now i'm back with my family. it's been great to be with my family. what happened there is, of course, still with me in my heart. >> i know that you were in miami with the twins, you had a conversation with your husband right before the earthquake struck. how long before you knew he was okay? >> you know, that was the time of uncertainty. it was probably about 38 hours that he was trapped and i got word maybe within 26 hours or something, that he was okay. he was trapped but they could hear him. >> when you look back now, does it feel like you had a miracle? is that how you feel about -- >> it's definitely a miracle for our family. it's -- we are so thankful, so
grateful. but at the same time, i carry haiti with me in my heart. it's the place where my husband and i met. i work there, and visited there with my children. some of our most precious memories were there. it's been a tough journey for us moving forward. we continue to support and pray and remember haiti. >> maria bellow is with me in new york. i know you feel like you had a miracle as well. the orphanage you support. people survived? >> that's right. so many people survived, and for us right now, it's all about reconstructing, bringing this normalcy back to the kids. we have temporary schools now, now we're starting to build the other schools, it's about stepping forward once you've stepped in haiti, can you never get it out of your system. it's such an incredible country that we know moving forward it's going to be extraordinary. we can't forget haiti.
>> last question for you, do you feel like you could ever bring yourself to go back to haiti to see the site where you were eventually dug out? >> well, right now i have not been back. i've been home where my family lives. i recently arrived back. and now the u.n. is deciding where to post me next. but, of course, haiti's always with me and will always be with me. >> mame, would you ever support him going back to haiti, just to visit? >> you know what, i would support him because like i said, this is a country that has tied us together and i think the support of everybody, no matter how small,going to help keep pushing this country forward.
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>> mick jagger, jennifer lopez, ringo starr, seal, ben stiller and many others are here to say thank you. because your money is going to the american red cross and the u.s. fund for unicef. ♪ >> it's sad when you see this happening to somewhere where you have been, you've enjoyed. >> this sache costs 30 cents and
a family can stir this for 30 seconds and you can drink. >> 250, 500. >> we'll hold at 1,000. >> you have to bring more suspenders in. $1,000 a pair, call in, you get them. ♪ >> the tough thing is a month, two months, six months dune the line, when people aren't doing specialists on it. >> to think that much money was raised in an hour, shows you how big hearted people are. >> to be in a position where we in the media can give back by helping. and the people, of course, these contributions are enormous. ♪
>> the money you donated is being used right now for nutrition programs, immunization drives, rebuilding schools and health centers and clean water. saz you've seen during the past hour, the people of haiti continue to need help, better sanitation systems, housing, hurricane preparedness. if you would like to contribute, can you go to cnn.com/larryking. we leave you tonight with a moving salute to the people of haiti by wyclef jain "ac 360" from haiti is next. ♪